Director Fede Alvarez is shown playing with an RC Facehugger in behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Alien: Romulus

Since the moon that served as a setting for Alien and Aliens was known as LV-426, April 26th – or 4/26 – is considered to be “Alien Day.” To celebrate the day, director Fede Álvarez – whose contribution to the franchise, the film Alien: Romulus, is set to reach theatres on August 16th (you can watch the teaser HERE) – shared a behind-the-scenes video that shows him playing with one of the remote controlled Facehuggers that were built for his movie. You can check it out right here:

When this project was announced near the start of 2022, it was said that Álvarez pitched the idea to Ridley Scott years ago and it stuck with Scott. So in late 2021, he called Álvarez and asked if he still wanted to make an Alien movie. Clearly, the answer was yes. 20th Century Studios division president Steve Asbell told The Hollywood Reporter that they picked up the project “purely off the strength of Fede’s pitch. It was just a really good story with a bunch of characters you haven’t seen before.“

It has also been said that the story Álvarez and his frequent collaborator Rodo Sayagues crafted for Alien: Romulus is not connected to the other films in the Alien franchise – but it’s not ignoring any of the other entries, either. Álvarez has been clear about the fact that his story takes place within the established franchise continuity. In fact, it slots in between the events of Alien and Aliens. It has the following official logline: The sci-fi/horror-thriller takes the phenomenally successful “Alien” franchise back to its roots: While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.

The film stars Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla), David Jonsson (Industry), Isabela Merced (Madame Web), Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), Spike Fearn (The Batman), and Aileen Wu (Away from Home). Merced has said there’s a scene in the film that’s so disgusting that a lot of viewers will have to look away, so that goes along with the “graphic and gruesome” description. “Graphic and gruesome” is what we expected from this movie as soon as it was announced that it was being made by the director of Evil Dead 2013 and Don’t Breathe.

This new Alien movie is coming to us from Momentum and 20th Century Studios, with Ridley Scott producing through his Scott Free banner.

Are you looking forward to Alien: Romulus? What did you think of the behind-the-scenes footage of the RC Facehugger? Share your thoughts on this one by leaving a comment below.

Alien: Romulus
David Jonsson as Andy in 20th Century Studios ALIEN ROMULUS Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios © 2024 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of JoBlo.com, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he’s a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.

Originally published at https://www.joblo.com/alien-romulus-facehugger/

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